Bernard Covert (1805-1882) was born in New York and grew up near Franklin, New York. He lived in Albany and became a well known singer and composer giving solo concerts with temperance music as his specialty. He also became acclaimed for his “temperance duo” with singer and composer Ossian Dodge. His career eventually led him to settle in Brooklyn. He appeared with many other popular singers of the time including Joseph P. Webster. He also travelled with Horace Greely singing political songs at Greely’s events. Many of his compositions were performed by the Hutchinson Family Singers, one of the popular musical troupes of the mid-century. His best-known pieces were “The Sword of Bunker Hill” and “Jamie’s on the Stormy Sea.” He remained a popular and successful performer until his death. He died in Newburg, New York.
All are mixed chorus unless noted; some contain divisi.